SOURCE: Forester Communications

September 28, 2007 12:07 ET

Technical Solutions to Community Water-Quality Issues Addressed by National Experts in Workshops for Stormwater Professionals

SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2007) - Water quality is one of the nation's toughest challenges. Where do water-quality professionals find the national expertise they need to tackle community water pollution issues? StormCon, the world's largest stormwater pollution prevention conference, will present four full-day workshops, taught by the nation's leading experts, on the most relevant stormwater pollution prevention techniques on Friday, October 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany, NJ. Waterkeeper Alliance Staff Scientist Janelle Robbins will open the workshops at 8:15 a.m. with the talk "Raindrops to Rivers: Stormwater Advocacy from Start to Finish." The Hanover Marriott is located at 1401 Route 10 East in Whippany, NJ.

Professionals from the US EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers, New Jersey Water Supply Authority, Morris County, Warren County, Middlesex County, Ocean County, Chester County and from 13 states are registered. Hundreds of municipal professionals, engineers, consultants, and contractors from across the state are expected to attend the workshops to learn state-of-the-art stormwater pollution prevention and monitoring techniques. For further information visit

Guest Speaker Janelle Robbins, M.S., Staff Scientist, Waterkeeper Alliance

Janelle is the staff scientist for Waterkeeper Alliance, where she fields scientific inquiries from 160 Waterkeeper programs worldwide and provides scientific and engineering support to the alliance's Stormwater, Wastewater, Energy, and Pure Farms/Pure Water campaigns. She is author of "A Citizen's Guide to Manure Treatment Technologies." Janelle has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in agricultural and biological engineering and a master's degree in biological systems engineering from Virginia Tech, where she studied the quality of agricultural best management practices in the James River Basin. Waterkeeper Alliance was founded by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and works to connect and support Waterkeeper programs worldwide to advocate for clean water and strong communities.

About StormCon

In its seventh year StormCon, the North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition, is the world's largest stormwater conference, attracting thousands of participants. StormCon '08 will be held in Orlando, FL, from August 3 to 7 at the Orlando World Center Marriott Hotel. Visit for more information.


StormCon will present four full-day stormwater pollution prevention workshops taught by national leading experts. The opening address will take place at 8:15 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

WHAT:    StormCon Workshops New Jersey

WHEN:    Friday, October 5, 2007 (one workshop is Thursday, October 4, and
         Friday, October 5)

WHERE:   Hanover Marriott
         1401 Route 10 East
         Whippany, NJ

PROGRAM: Janelle Robbins, Scientist, Waterkeeper Alliance, 8:15 a.m. (free,
         open to the public)
         Workshops: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (pre-registration and
         $295.00/$325.00 fee required)


--  Stormwater Funding and Utility Development
    Friday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Taught by two of the nation's foremost authorities on stormwater
    utility formation, this course offers a comprehensive review of methods
    for funding your stormwater program and the fundamental information you
    need to know before you consider setting up a stormwater utility: how a
    utility works, how it compares to other funding methods, how it's set
    up, what the potential pitfalls are, and how to get one started in your
    Andrew Reese, P.E., Vice President, AMEC Earth & Environmental,
    Nashville, TN
    Charlene Johnston, P.E., AMEC Earth & Environmental, Westford, MA
--  BMP Selection, Inspection, and Maintenance
    Friday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Get the nuts and bolts of BMPs in this course, a comprehensive overview
    of 33 types of structural BMPs, design issues, treatment trains,
    stormwater reuse, inspection, maintenance, and much more.
    Gordon England, P.E., D.WRE, GPI Southeast Inc., Cocoa Beach, FL
    Stuart Stein, P.E., D.WRE, President of GKY & Associates Inc.,
    Chantilly, VA
--  Low-Impact Development: Introduction, Applications, and Technical
    Two-Day Workshop
    Thursday, October 4, and Friday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (both
    This course, an in-depth two-day introduction to LID principles and
    implementation to meet receiving-water goals in a more economically and
    ecologically sustainable manner, is taught by Larry Coffman, who
    originated LID in 1990 in Prince George's County, MD.
    Larry Coffman, President, Stormwater Services, Bowie, MD
--  Preventing Stormwater Pollution on Construction Sites
    Friday, October 5, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Learn how to protect vegetation and soil during the construction
    process through the successful design, selection, and implementation of
    BMPs; low-impact development techniques; and managing the process
    through effective communication with all of the stakeholders.
    David Franklin, CPESC, Environmental Project Manager, AEI-CASC
    Consulting, Petaluma, CA

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